Synonyms are words that are similar, or have a related meaning, to another word. They can be lifesavers when you want to avoid repeating the same word over and over. Also, sometimes the word you have in mind might not be the most appropriate word, which is why finding the right synonym can come in handy.
Luckily, we don't have to search the recesses of our mind to come up with examples of synonyms; peruse the list of synonyms below or, for even more examples, use a thesaurus like the one right here at YourDictionary.com.
There's a certain skill involved in choosing the most appropriate synonym; not all are created equal. It is important to consider the connotation of the word because some synonyms can inject a different meaning than what was intended.
For example, one synonym for sad is "gloomy." However, this word carries quite a negative connotation. Depending on the circumstance you can use it but, in this instance, if you just want to say that someone is "down," then another synonym such as "blue" or "unhappy" would be a little less heavy.
Enjoy this list of synonyms and after you've reviewed the list, see if you can pass the synonym test below!
These are just a few examples of synonyms but hopefully you can see how working with them can make your writing more varied and help expand your vocabulary.
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The yin to synonym's yang is the antonym: words with opposite meanings. You can see a selection of these in our Examples of Antonyms article. In addition, you can learn more about these two very important vocabulary tools, plus those tricky homonyms in Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms. If you're looking for something a little more suited to the little ones in your family, Examples of Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms for Kids should do the trick.